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Obituaries

Tommy Peoples - 1948 - 2018

Donegal fiddler, Tommy Peoples, passed away on 4th August after a period of ill-health. Known the world over for his distinctive style, as a prolific composer of tunes, and as a member of one of Irish traditional music’s best loved bands, his passing leaves the music scene in Ireland a poorer place.

Maartin Allcock - 1957 - 2018

Maart lost his brave battle with cancer on September 16th, a month after what he had already said was to be his final gig at Cropredy, playing with the band with which he was most associated, Fairport Convention. He spent the final two weeks of life in hospital and paid tribute to the staff of Tryfan Ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Bob Patten

It’s some measure of the impact that Bob made on others that, had the East Devon crematorium chapel been three times larger, it would scarcely have been large enough for those attending. He had planned the ceremony himself, and with his customary humour, had us leave to the strains of Leonard Cohen’s That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

Barry Bridgewater

I am sad to report the death of Barry Bridgewater on 18th March 2018. Barry lived in Denby Dale and as a young man had been invited to the Holme Valley Beagles hunt where he took a big part in the hunt singing, something that would eventually lead to the LP, A Fine Hunting Day, produced by Bill Leader. Barry’s picture was on the cover. The other area of the country where after hunt singing takes place is the Lake District, and Barry often visited friends up there, calling it his second home.

Ted Poole - 1925-2018

On the 6th March, a couple of months short of his 93rd birthday, Ted Poole died. It's difficult to write those words, but it's even more difficult to believe them.

Ted and Ivy Poole started Swindon Folksingers' Club in January 1960, and ran it up until 2004, when they handed over the reins to Eric Stott. That's right. The club is still running, after 58 years! What's more, Ted and Ivy continued to attend, and continued to sing at the club, every week, until very recently.

Liam O’Flynn - 1945-2018

Just as we were going to press we heard the sad news of the death of master uilleann piper, Liam O’Flynn at the age of 72. Liam, from Co Kildare, played the pipes from the age of 11, learning from legends such as Leo Rowsome and Seamus Ennis.

Rollo Woods

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rollo Geoffrey Woods, who died on 29 January 2018, at the age of 92. A thanksgiving service was held in Swanage URC on 9th February, and a further celebratory event will be held on April 7th from 3pm at Swanage School. All who knew him are warmly invited to attend.

Bob and Kathy Drage

Bob Drage sadly passed away just before 5.00p.m. on Sunday 10th December 2017 having only been admitted into Pilgrims Hospice on Friday. Bob was 67 in August and had been ill with cancer for a couple of years. We were all shocked exactly a week later on Sunday 17th December to hear that Kathy had also died alone at home. Bob and Kathy had been together since they were teenagers and had seldom, if ever, been apart. We think Kathy died of a broken heart.

Bert Draycott - 1930-2017

Bert Draycott of Fishburn in County Durham passed away a few days before his 87th birthday, peacefully at home on 29th September 2017.

Tom Paley - 1928-2017

The veteran guitarist, banjo and fiddle player Tom Paley passed away in Brighton on 30th September at the age of 89. Born in New York in 1928, he moved to California during his teenage years. But the draw of New York was too much for Tom, so after studying mathematics at Yale University, he returned to his home town.